“Just stew it!” say the south campus stewards

Graduating seniors Molly Byrd (CAS), Emily Drevets (CAS) and Emily Bell (CAS, COM) gave BU Today and inside look into what their lives were like while studying at BU the past four years and how they came to give away “free stew and friendship” on Wednesdays:

See more be BU Today’s Point of Departure series daily on their homepage.

MET students to explore Boston during commencement weekend

Photo courtesy of Pxl3000 on Flickr / Creative Commons.

Photo courtesy of Pxl3000 on Flickr / Creative Commons.

MET’s Distance Education graduates have studied remotely for most of their tenure at BU but this weekend they will get a chance to explore the Charles River Campus and the city of Boston while participating in MET’s GPS Urban Adventure.  On Saturday starting at 12:30 PM, these graduates will discover the secrets of Boston and BU’s campus, put faces to names and get to know their fellow graduates from online programs.  In small teams, they’ll be using handheld GPS units to guide them on a race around the city, solving riddles and completing challenges leading to the next adventure.  If you are a graduate and are interested in participating, click here to register.

Studying a third language through a second: Senior Yue Huang on her BU experience

Senior Yue Huang (COM’11) traveled from her home in Beijing to Boston University, and quickly learned that although she knew English, her American slang could use some work. She didn’t stop there — using her second language to learn her third (Spanish), and eventually her fourth (French). In Points of Departure, Huang talks about growing up in the newsroom, and how languages help her break down barriers to communicate as a journalist:

Visit Yue Huang’s BU Today feature.

Visit the Points of Departure landing page to hear more stories from BU seniors.

Senior week taking place now

Each day this week, the class of 2011 has a plethora of events to chose from to celebrate the end of finals and their last week as students here at BU ending, of course, with commencement on Sunday, May 22.  Here are some of the highlights:

Monday, May 16: Boston Harbor Cruise from the World Trade Center pier
Tuesday, May 17: House of Blues Party with the Cataracs
Wednesday, May 18: BU Takes Over Six Flags New England
Thursday, May 19: Senior Ball at 808

BU Today will be posting location and other weather-related changes daily so be sure to check there before heading out the door!

BU and Goodwill Industries team up and aim to recycle 70 tons at move-out

sustainability@BU is teaming up with Goodwill Industries to supply the BU community with 16 donation bins across the Charles River Campus taking clothes, shoes, linens, towels, kitchen ware and small appliances (full list).  In 2009, BU saved 6.75 tons of reusable items during move-out.  In 2010, after partnering with Goodwill Industries, BU diverted 35.24 tons of clothing and household items from landfills.   This year, the goal is 70 tons of donations between April 25th and May 26th.   Contact sustainability@BU with questions.

Spock speaking at GSU tonight


The Friends of the Libraries will host an evening with actor Leonard Nimoy tonight, best known for playing Spock on the science fiction series Star Trek.  A Boston native, Nimoy will lecture on his long career in Hollywood where he was nominated for three Emmy Awards for acting, has directorial credits on numerous feature films, became a successful recording artist and authored several volumes of poetry and two autobiographies: I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995).  Nimoy is also an accomplished photographer and the recipient of a Master’s Degree in Education, an Honorary Master of Fine Arts and four Honorary Doctorates.  The event will begin at 6:00 PM in the Metcalf Ballroom (771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston).  Admission is $25 for the general public and  free to members of the Friends of the Libraries and the BU Community.

FitRec open house today – free and open to the public


Katie Couric to deliver commencement address

Katie Couric, Anchor, Managing Editor, CBS Evening News; Correspondent, 60 Minutes

Katie Couric

Boston University today announced that Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of The CBS Evening News, will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 138th graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

Ms. Couric will speak before more than 5,000 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony a few weeks before she leaves her post at CBS.  Couric will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement, baccalaureate speakers and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2011 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.

Brown also revealed that Ahmed Zewail, Ph.D., who teaches at the California Institute of Technology and won a Nobel Prize in 1999 for his research into super-fast molecular transformations, will deliver the Commencement Day baccalaureate address at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Chapel.  Dr. Zewail will also receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The prestigious list of honorary degree recipients includes activist Victoria Reggie Kennedy (Doctor of Laws) who will also speak at the School of Social Work’s convocation; TV chef, author and BU instructor Jacques Pepin (Doctor of Humane Letters); painter Frank Stella (Doctor of Fine arts); and journalist Nina Totenberg (Doctor of Humane Letters).

Also announced today are the recipients of BU’s Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching.  Receiving the esteemed Metcalf Cup is Judith Chaffee, associate professor of movement at the College of Fine Arts.  This year’s Metcalf Award winners are Wayne LaMorte, assistant dean for education and professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health; and David Walker, Maurice Poch Faculty Research Scholar and professor at the School of Law.  The Metcalf Cup carries with it a prize of $10,000 and the Metcalf Award winners receive $5,000. Students, faculty and alumni nominate candidates for the awards established in 1973 by a gift from the late Boston University Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Arthur G.B. Metcalf.

BYSO fundraiser tonight

Ever wonder who those high school students are practicing at CFA all weekend?  It’s Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO), now in its 53rd season, and tonight they are holding their inaugural spring Celebratory Event at Mandarin Oriental Boston from 6:30-9:00 PM.  Along with their Honorary Host Committee Members Yo-Yo Ma, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Angela Menino and actor Stephen Lang, BYSO will host hundreds of guests to celebrate the achievements of BYSO’s young musicians.  The centerpiece of the evening is a performance by fifty BYSO musicians led by Music Director, Federico Cortese.  Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by calling 617-358-0280.

School of Social Work adds online MSW program

The Boston University School of Social Work has launched a new online Master of Social Work (MSW) program in Clinical Social Work Practice. Taught by the School’s nationally recognized faculty, the online program will initially enroll human service professionals with a minimum of two years of supervised experience.

The part-time program, which can be completed in eight consecutive semesters, consists of taking courses online, participating in a single, extended field internship within the student’s geographic area, and attending a one-time, four-day residency component on the BU campus.

“This program is an excellent addition to the fine programs we offer at the School of Social Work,” said Gail Steketee, Dean of the School of Social Work.  “It continues the School’s commitment to educate outstanding social work practitioners in the community and for the community.”

The program focuses on clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups, with an integrated curriculum that emphasizes ethical practice, and social and economic justice. Courses are delivered with both asynchronous and synchronous (real-time) components, with each course lasting seven weeks. The 65-credit program allows individuals to earn an MSW degree while continuing to live and work in their own communities.